Rice Architecture Society is the voice of the Rice Architecture student body. With representatives from every studio, this group helps to shape the culture of the school while also providing a liaison between the students and the school’s faculty and administration.
Society’s main social and educational events include:
  • Weekly open studios: late-night studio gatherings for the exchange of snacks and ideas
  • Mini-charrettes: weekend-long design competitions
  • Architectronica (fall) and ArchiArts (spring): university-wide parties
  • Open houses: post-final review events for the display of semester work
In addition to these events, Society is responsible for curating the student directory, student exhibitions, and intermittent panels with faculty and/or the Dean. Its members provide a voice for the student body and keep students informed about events and opportunities at Rice Architecture.
President: Andrew Bertics
Undergraduate Vice President: Andrea Machado
ArchiArts Exhibition


Rice Architecture Mentorship is a multi-faceted, student-led platform that explores and expands professional opportunities. Mentorship invites speakers, generates workshops, organizes office and site visits, coordinates externships and mentor pairings, and conducts outreach visits to local public schools.

The Mentorship team combines a student leadership committee and an advisory board. The 2017 Leadership Committee is directed by Jenny Heon with 5 undergraduate and 3 graduate coordinators: Metinee Ding (Mentorship Coordinator), Esther Tang (External Coordinator), Andrea Machado (Lecture Coordinator), Amanda Spitzer (Workshops Coordinator), Phoebe Cox (Field Trips Coordinator), and David Rader, Ana Escobar and Lauren Turnage (Graduate Recess Coordinators). The Advisory Board members are Robert Taylor (B. Arch. '74), Judy Nyquist (Houston cultural activist), faculty members John Casbarian, Nonya Granader and Troy Schaum, and director of Rice Architecture development and alumni relations Emily Stein.

If you are interested in joining Mentorship, either as a mentor or as a current Rice Architecture student, please email the Mentorship Committee at

Mentorship recess workshop

How it works


Rice Architecture alumni and local practitioners mentor current Rice Architecture students. These pairings last for one academic year, permitting students to gain 1:1 exposure to a wide variety of practices.

Guest lectures/panel discussions

Mentorship invites alumni and guest speakers to give a lunchtime talk about their own trajectory, usually highlighting a specific project or experience. Speakers provide their own way and orchestrate their own lodging for these lectures. 


Each semester students work with faculty members to plan and offer technology and professionalism workshops relevant across studios.

Office visits

Mentorship students arrange frequent small group tours of offices and project sites around Houston. 

Externship program

Rice University offers winter and spring break Externships. Alumni, parents, and friends of the university host a current student for a one- to seven-day unpaid opportunity to shadow a professional. Mentorship assists in matching students with these opportunities.  

Mentor expectations

Mentors are an asset to the school, particularly our student body. We know that practitioners have demanding schedules and that time is valuable. We ask that mentors commit to four in-person meetings per academic year. Examples of these meetings are attending a lecture together, visiting the student’s studio or inviting them to your office, or just meeting for a cup of coffee at the Brochstein Pavilion. We also ask that you be willing to field periodic phone calls and/or emails with questions from your student Mentee.

Student expectations

As the primary beneficiaries of mentorship, student mentees have a responsibility to initiate meetings with their mentor. Mentorship hosts a kickoff event each year where we introduce mentors to their mentees. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss and schedule subsequent meetings. 

PLAT Journal

Founded in 2009, PLAT Journal is published by the students of Rice Architecture. Through a combination of open submissions and commissioned pieces, the editors seek out contributions from various disciplines to further design discourse.

PLAT offers a place to share both work and theory, mixing the projects and writings of established professionals as well as emerging voices. The readership and contributor base stretch worldwide. Each new editorial board develops a unique theme, cognizant of the previous issue. This format maintains PLAT’s commitment to advancing a provocative set of ideas with every release. PLAT 5.5 was recently featured in Metropolis magazine and the Studio NOCK exhibition A Print.

Next Issue: PLAT 7.0
"Sharing is caring!," shout employees of the semi-utopian tech company, The Circle, in James Ponsoldt's film by the same name. PLAT 7.0 Sharing will ask if this ubiquitous phrase, first coined in the 1950s by the Salvation Army, is still relevant today and what it means for architecture.
Spread from PLAT 6.0: Absence
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